President Biden has nominated Judge Edward Kiel to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey. Several politicians in New Jersey issued congratulatory statements following the nomination, including Senator Bob Menendez, Senator Cory Booker, and Governor Phil Murphy. Upon confirmation, Judge Kiel would be the first Korean American federal judge in New Jersey.
“President Biden’s decision to nominate U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward Kiel to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey is an exceptional choice that will undoubtedly serve the people of New Jersey well. Judge Kiel’s wealth of experience, devotion to the rule of law, and dedication to serving New Jersey make him an exemplary candidate” Murphy said in his statement.
Judge Edward S. Keil currently serves as a US Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey, a role he’s been in since 2019. Before that, he was a partner at Cole Schotz, P.C., a law firm serving mostly businesses based in Hackensack, NJ with locations around the US. From 1998 to 2001 he was an associate there as well. He was at various New Jersey law firms between 1992 to 1998. He served on the Superior Court of New Jersey in Somerset County as a law clerk for a year in 1991. He attended Notre Dame Law school and in 1991 received his J.D. (Juris Doctor). Before then he attended Rutgers University and in 1988 earned a B.S. in electrical engineering.